Monday, March 11, 2013
Tuesday Tales - Picture Prompt
Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales again. This week I`ll be sharing an excerpt from my WIP (Work In Progress) All I Want for Christmas, a holiday themed M/M romantic comedy that was born from a previous picture prompt here on Tuesday Tales. This story is completed and is now in the first round of editing.
We have a picture prompt this week so the excerpt is written to reflect the image and must be under 300 words. Since this is a rough draft there may be some mistakes. I do apologize for any boo-boo you may find.
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Hoping to find some solace and not freeze off my dangly man bits, I pushed into Cooper`s studio. I hurried to close the door behind me. The small renovated barn was chilly. I flipped the lights on then proceeded to stoke the barrel woodstove. Smoke slipped into the room as I closed the stove door, mixing with the aroma of turpentine.
I strolled along, looking at oil paintings on the log walls of Canadian geese on ponds, black bears eating berries, Eastern wild turkeys strutting, a ruffed grouse on a log, and a crystal clear brook - iced on the edges - with a huge grouping of native trout just under the surface.
Cooper could paint wildlife like no other artist I had ever seen. Each fin, feather or furred rendition seemed to breathe and twitch as you studied the canvas. I paused by an easel, and being the sort of man I am, I lifted the paint speckled cloth.
I stared at a fall scene with golden leaved trees and a bright green rhododendron, its flowers long spent. A weak looking split-rail fence ran through the setting. I could find no sign of any Pennsylvania wildlife, Cooper`s bread and butter.
I wondered what he had in mind for this painting. I wondered what he had in mind for us. Hell, I wondered what I had in mind for us. I let the tarp flutter back down to cover the unfinished work. It was too damned hard to try to foresee the future, be it a painting or a relationship.
Copyright ©by V.L. Locey
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